Erika Gundesen is a distinguished graduate of the University of British Columbia in Canada as well as the Guildhall School of Music & Drama in London, where she was awarded a Masters in Performance as well as an Artist Diploma as an Opera Répétiteur. She has competed as a finalist in the Canadian Music Competition as well as the Knigge International Piano Competition. She has also been an assistant conductor for the Guildhall, a Young Artist at the National Opera Studio, a Britten Pears Young Artist and an Emerging Artist at Scottish Opera. Erika has worked as a freelance pianist, coach and conductor in Vancouver and London, including recitals, opera, and theatre productions. She specializes in workshopping new works as well as cabaret performance.
Erika currently works as a coach at the London Academy of Music & Dramatic Arts (LAMDA) and as music director for Virtually Opera.
Recent credits include Little Shop of Horrors (LAMDA), Jesus Christ Superstar (Young Actors Theatre Islington), La Belle Helene (New Sussex Opera), Queen of the Mist (Charing Cross Theatre), The Perfect Opera (Virtually Opera), Rigoletto, Anthropocene, Kat'a Kabanova, The Magic Flute (Scottish Opera), Sweeney Todd, My Fair Lady (Geoids Musical Theatre), Whistle Down the Wind, Little Shop of Horrors, Carrie, Parade, Oliver!, RENT, Sweeney Todd (Vivo d’Arte), Pirates of Penzance, Urinetown (St. Monica’s Players), The Tale of Januarie, Ariane, The Rape of Lucretia (GSMD), Parade (London Theatre Workshop), Our American Cousin (Finborough Theatre), Songs for a New World (Jazzhands Optional), Titanic and The Music Man (Theatre Under the Stars Vancouver).
- United Kingdom
- Music Director/Conductor (Pianist)
- Music Director/Conductor (Baton)
- Vocal Director and/or Choral Prep
- Vocal Arranger
- Pit Musician (Other)
- Audition Pianist
- Class/Voice Lesson/Rehearsal Pianist
- Rehearsal Pianist